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One of the difficult problems this community faces when trying to deal with the problems of homelessness and desperation is the challenge of doing effective outreach to people who are most vulnerable … more
Congress has an opportunity to pass legislation that benefits all local citizens, businesses and even protects our democracy. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, LJSA for short, should be … more
While summer seems reluctant to arrive on the Quimper Peninsula, the Port Townsend Food Co-op’s wine department is nevertheless primed and ready with a variety of porch pounders to help usher … more
As you drive into town, a sign greets you: “Welcome to Port Townsend, a Victorian Seaport & Arts Community.”  It’s a great sign, but the power of that message is more … more
Before returning home to the Olympic Peninsula for the long days of summer, I pause to reflect on my two-month sojourn in the northern Rocky Mountains of Idaho.  Just this week, the mercury … more
I don’t really have much sympathy for the horde descending on the Olympic Peninsula almost every weekend from May 1 through Labor Day.  Hey, even though it must be tough to wait in … more
When the temperature hits 70, many in Port Townsend start complaining about the heat. I’m one of them. A year ago, when we had an unprecedented heat wave and Seattle hit an all-time high of … more
In February, my fiancé and I took off from Port Townsend with our bicycles and a plan to tour nine countries across Europe.  For months leading up to our trip, we compiled a wish list … more
Gone are the days when a dude with a cart yowls, “Rags, Ashes, Glass!” while passing by dwellings at the crack of dawn.  Now, it’s as if we need a doctorate’s degree … more
Hope all you fathers reading this had a really nice Father’s Day.  If you got a tie, your kids are out of touch. If you got a phone call or more, you are amongst the blessed … more
I harvested overwintered broccoli leaves from the garden and wondered how they’d turn out if blanched for an antipasto salad. The technique worked, so I began blanching kale, collards, chard, … more
Ah, yes, back into a routine at the Port Ludlow Community Center, also known as Active Life Physical Therapy.  When one has a regular schedule of appointments for some PT help one can bet … more
Ferns are among the earliest land plants, with the oldest fossils dating back about 375 million years. Today’s ferns — an estimated 12,000 species around the world — link directly … more
Iris, the Greek goddess of rainbows, lacked her usual vim and vigor.  She’d put on a few pounds, so went on the trendy “Rainbow Diet.” It supplies lots of fiber, prebiotics, … more
One of my favorite items in the Leader each week are the police and sheriff’s logs. But if you think we have oddball, bizarre behavior around here that challenges law enforcement, consider … more
Now, when I get together with friends, I can join with the sub-group of folks who have one of those new turbo-powered titanium hips.   Many now have the ceramic-lined socket into which the … more
No one in PT has jewelry like Markus Koch’s: Two Super Bowl rings.  Koch, who retired here and is now a certified yoga instructor and massage therapist, was on the Washington … more
In colors the fields dress up in the Spring;  In colors, are the little birds that come from afar... translation of Mexican folk song, “De Colores” The merry month of May … more
This is a terrifying time for tenants and a lucrative time for landlords, a harsh contrast that begs us to reflect on how we value housing.   When my friend and her husband were told to … more
Several friends of mine seem more than glad to share quotes, sayings, advice, and observation with me on a regular basis. I do collect those I find of interest in a file named “Leader” … more
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